Christina Sweeney-Baird: What Does Modern Day Feminism Mean?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Just before I started at Cambridge I went to a school leavers event. The topic of Caitlin Moran's joyously hilarious book, How to Be a Woman came up and the 'big word' inevitably followed. "Oh I'm not a feminist," three intelligent, highly-educated young women hurriedly chorused. (For the record, I wasn't one of them.)
Their refusal to even entertain calling themselves feminists was depressing and unsurprising. Beyonce perhaps unwittingly summed it up when she recently answered the question, "Are you a feminist?" with, "I don't really feel that it's necessary to define it. It's just something that's kind of natural for me, and I feel like... you know... it's, like, what I live for. I need to find a catchy new word for feminism, right?"
One of the highest profile women in the world spoke about how important feminism is to her to the extent that she lives for it but bookended the statement with rejections of the word 'feminist'. The fact is that there is a dearth of women
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